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The Story of Dracula (1490)

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Background

“The Story Dracula” is one of the few signed pieces of literature from the 15th century that has maintained its preservation. This document was written in 1490 by a monk named Efrosin from the Kirillov-Belozersky Monestary. This historic document, however, was not the original text that tells the story of Dracula. Most scholarly historians speculate that Fedor Kurytsin, a Russian diplomat, wrote the original copy. This is considered due to the fact that the diplomat was present during the time that Dracula had been held captive by the Hungarian king.

Synopsis (Alive)

This piece of literature comes to show a Dracula that many people are not very well informed of. Dracula, is not a kill for game, and blood thirsty savage; rather he is a “cruel but just” ruler, with many unorthodox practices. Dracula proved to be a very powerful and fearless man, seeing as he would fight off the entire Turkish army. Dracula, through time, shows how ruthless and cruel he can be via his unconventional punishment. Dracula seems to be encountering situations in which he feels the only thing he can do to fix a problem is kill the problem. Dracula is an incredibly stubborn and harsh leader when it comes to punishment for crime. From one story to the next it gets more and more ‘savage’, so-to-speak. Dracula had many kings and rulers that were resentful of the way he would go about ‘executing the law’. Even when the opposing rulers would capture him, they would find that he still would torture animals while detained in jail. The brutal nature of this man did nothing but consume him and his mind.  Draculas death comes in a fashion where he had believed he was dominating the turks in a war, and in turn he wanted to spy to see how many men the Turks had lost. In this process the story tells us he dressed like a Turk to go spy and in turn his own men killed him for mistaking him as a Turkish warrior.

After Draculas death his two sons were taken by the king of Hungary and cared for from them. One son lived out his life with the King and his son, and the other son became the Bishop of Oradea. There was also a third son that was named Mikhail. This was the son the the original author had seen for the original context of this piece of literature.

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References

McNally, Raymond T. The Story about Dracula. N.p.: n.p., n.d.

Dracula (Nosferatu). Blackhawk Films/Eastin Phelan Corp., 1922.

Pallardy, Richard. “Vlad the Impaler.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 22 Nov. 2016, www.britannica.com/biography/Vlad-the-Impaler. Accessed 4 Apr. 2017.

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